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Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (MA254, MA255, MA472)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 282 reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (MA254, MA255, MA472). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and usability. The design and performance also get good views. Many are less positive about the connectivity and price, and reviews are divided on the energy efficiency.

portability, performance, design, usability, size

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (MA254, MA255, MA472) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (MA254, MA255, MA472)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (MA254, MA255, MA472) from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

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This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDriveApple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDrive

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple MacBook (2016)


The insanely sleek 12-inch MacBook is still the lightest Apple laptop, but competing Windows laptops have caught up in thinness, weight, and screen quality.

Gorgeous, thin build. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Retina Display. 11 hours of battery life. Excellent-sounding speakers. Available in four colors including Rose Gold.

Limited connectivity with a single USB-C port, and no adapters are included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. Shallow keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Internal upgrades can only be made at initial purchase.

Aside from the new Rose Gold option, the new MacBook is visibly unchanged from last year's model, though its new Skylake-based processor improves benchmark performance a bit. But battery life takes a hit due to that faster CPU. You can't deny the sleek...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple MacBook (2015)


The 12-inch Apple MacBook is the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, combining the power of OS X with extreme portability and more than 14 hours of battery life.

Incredibly thin. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Excellent battery life in testing. Retina Display. Great-sounding speakers. Available in three colors.

Only one USB-C port, with no adapters included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. New keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Can only be upgraded at initial purchase.

Conclusion The Apple MacBook is certainly an excellent choice if you travel frequently and want to run desktop apps instead of settling for mobile versions. It's lighter and much slimmer than the latest Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, and its battery lasts...

Apr, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Leopard review


Introduced in the fall of 2006, the current version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook laptop was a revolutionary product, combining Intel's Core 2 Duo CPUs with Apple's much-lauded operating system. Add in Apple extras such as the iSight camera, Front Row...

Upgraded CPU for the same price; same great design; Leopard operating system.

Still no Express card or SD card slots; only more expensive models are available in black.

Apple has been content to issue minor periodic hardware updates to the 13-inch MacBook, but the modest performance gains and new Leopard OS keep it in our top tier of laptop recommendations.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook 2007 Model review: Apple MacBook 2007 Model


Apple MacBook 2007 Model

Upgraded CPU for the same price; same great design; built-in Webcam and remote control; adds 802.11n support.

Cutting-edge features are absent, including Intel's new Santa Rosa platform and LED-backlit displays.

Apple's rightfully popular 13-inch MacBook gets a decent incremental upgrade, but we're still looking forward to the next version.

Jun, 2007

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook 2006 Model review


Now that the high-end MacBook Pro has Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, it's high time the latest processor technology filtered down to Apple 's more consumer-friendly MacBook line. There are three MacBook models, one with a 1.83GHz CPU and two with 2.0GHz CPUs....

Cheaper than the MacBook Pro, with nearly comparable performance; great design; built-in Webcam and remote control; can run Windows XP via Boot Camp.

No ExpressCard slot or FireWire 800; lacks media card reader; only 90 days of toll-free technical support.

The new MacBook, updated to Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, compares very favorably with Apple's high-end MacBook Pro line, offering premium performance at a reasonable price.

Nov, 2006

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Apple MacBook Black


A powerful dual-core portable that's big on performance and style.

Jun, 2006

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Apple MacBook User Review


According to online recycling websites this form of plastic has 'long been on environmentalists' hit lists for dispersing widely across the landscape, and for being notoriously difficult to recycle. Most places still don't accept it, though it is...

Solid construction ; Impressive industrial design ; Awesome touch pad ; Excellent keyboard ; Centrino 2 processor ; NVIDIA 9400m

Price – it is $200-300 overpriced in my opinion ; 2GB RAM is low by today's standards ; 160GB HDD is low by today's standards

Keeping the old plastic MacBook model in the lineup as an olive branch to the value conscious is strange. Its $999 price point acknowledges the unrealistic entry price of the new MacBook, but in and of itself is no bargain either. It’s hard to imagine...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : abaxter (

Apple MacBook First Thoughts Review (pics, specs)


After much anticipation and rumors, the Apple MacBook was released this week by Apple (available via now). It is a 13.3" widescreen notebook, the screen is glossy and very nice and bright. It is geared towards those that need to be mobile...

The MacBook is a beautiful piece of hardware, the design and look is fantastic and I really like the keyboard. This is all of course dragged down by the heat and crashing issues I've had so far. However, we'll assume that my early production system...

May, 2006

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Expert review by : Nathan Spendelow (

Apple MacBook review (2016, 12-inch): The best ultraportable around


The Apple MacBook is faster and has a lengthier battery life than its predecessor, and its an ultraportable you'll just have to splurge on

As good as last year’s model was, I felt like a really needed an excuse in order to justify buying one. This year’s model, however, with its better battery life, faster storage and quicker CPU is a laptop that needs no such vindication. If portability...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook (2016) review


In October 2016, Apple updated its laptop portfolio, delivering an overdue refresh of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros . Considerably slimmer and lighter than their predecessors, the new models come equipped with larger Force Touch trackpads and...

The 12-inch MacBook gets a decent boost to performance and battery life, while keeping the same slim, light premium body. The high-res display and responsive trackpad remain the gold standard. Color options add a fun bit of personalization.

The single USB-C port will continue to be an inconvenience for many. The shallow keyboard isn't ideal for long-form typing. Other super-slim laptops manage to fit in more powerful processors.

With a handful of subtle improvements, the updated 12-inch Apple MacBook is more of a mainstream machine, but remains a few tweaks away from being the best laptop on the market.

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:41.4
Battery capacity (Watt hours):41.4
Battery life (max):11
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Front Camera:Y


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Color of product:Gold / Grey / Pink / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:12 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 2304 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:29


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950 / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):850
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:0.5 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Networking features:Ehernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet
Networking Type:BASE-T
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:4
DVD write speed:4
LightScribe:No / Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-ROM / No

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):12.8 x 8.94 x 1.08
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
TV in port: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB


Ambient light sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:29


Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.7
Processor cache:2 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core Duo / Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ Duo
Processor frequency:1.1 / 1.2 / 1.83 / 2
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:14
Processor operating modes:64-bit

Processor special features

Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Bundled software:-Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools)\n-iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork (30-day trial), Big Bang Board Games, Comic Life, Omni Outliner, and Apple Hardware Test / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger


Card reader integrated: No
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:256 / 512
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:60
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:Flash / HDD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512 / 60 / 80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.74 / 8.94
Height (front):0.0138
Height (rear):0.0516
Weight:32.5 / 5.2
Width:11 / 12.8